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Texas A&M researchers identify ideal cover crop species for SE Texas

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Under the right conditions, cover crops are a tool for improvement. After harvesting a crop like cotton or grain sorghum, a cover crop rotation can increase soil organic matter, recycle nutrients, prevent erosion and suppress weeds. Even though farmers and ranchers across the Southeast have seen these benefits and moved towards cover cropping systems, several factors have limited their adoption ... Read More »

North Carolina Farmer Minimizes Risks

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North Carolina farmer and cotton industry leader Brad Warren is using cover crops, no-till and new planter technologies to lower production risks and increase his farm’s overall sustainability. One of the most pressing issues facing the U.S. cotton industry today continues to be validating U.S. cotton’s on-farm environmental sustainability to buyers and consumers. “Each year, I look back at the ... Read More »

Cover crops in semi-arid cotton systems: Where do I begin?​

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In this 30-minute online presentation, Paul DeLaune —an associate professor and environmental soil scientist at Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Vernon, Texas — tries to demystify cover crops. The use of cover crops is constantly making headlines and being featured in agricultural news outlets. But will they work in your region, especially if it is a semi-arid environment? Exploring how ... Read More »

Consumers Drive Move To More Sustainable California Cotton Farming

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• By Jeannette E. Warnert • Consumers who purchase luxury cotton textiles want more than cool, soft, absorbent fabric. Increasingly, they demand clothing made from fiber grown using ecologically sound practices and they’re willing to pay for it, said speakers representing the textile industry at a University of California Cooperative Extension webinar on Healthy Soils for Healthy Profits. At the ... Read More »

Maximize Cover Crop Benefits

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• By Amanda Huber, Southeast Editor • Cover crops improve soil quality and provide benefits that help create a more sustainable production system for cash crops. Selecting a cover crop depends on the benefits the producer needs. Audrey Gamble, Auburn University professor and Alabama Cooperative Extension soil scientist, says benefits depend on the biomass level provided by the crop. Cover ... Read More »

Farmers learn about soil health at Clemson conference

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Healthy crops begin with healthy soil and researchers with the Clemson University’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program are teaching farmers how they can benefit from keeping their soils fit. The researchers teamed up with other agricultural professionals and farmers who have implemented soil health principles by using cover crops, no-till and livestock integration to hold a conference to teach ... Read More »

MU gains part in $10 million USDA cover crop grant

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Missouri agricultural scientists working in cover crops share in a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They will work with colleagues in 30 organizations across the country and around the world. “The five-year project aims to increase crop profitability and sustainability using cover crops and reduced tillage,” says Rob Myers, University of Missouri Extension cover crop specialist. ... Read More »